San Jose State University

San Jose State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is San Jose State University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

San Jose State University was awarded 629 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

Overall Quality

San Jose State is ranked #263 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when San Jose State held the #530 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

San Jose State is also ranked #45 out of 203 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for San Jose State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into San Jose State?

Acceptance Rate

San Jose State University has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for San Jose State.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to San Jose State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for San Jose State University  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for San Jose State University  ( 500 to 610 )
San Jose State received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for San Jose State University  ( 19 to 26 )

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San Jose State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At San Jose State University, the student to faculty ratio is 25 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at San Jose State University is 43%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  43 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at San Jose State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

San Jose State University has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 9% for first-time, full-time students at San Jose State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  9 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at San Jose State University.

San Jose State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 27,905 undergraduates at San Jose State with 23,593 being full-time and 4,312 being part-time.

How Much Does San Jose State University Cost?

The overall average net price of San Jose State is $14,928. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for San Jose State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,940 $11,752 $16,397 $19,805 $23,358

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of San Jose State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At San Jose State, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $5,810 a year. That adds up to $23,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at San Jose State is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do San Jose State Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from San Jose State make around $56,100 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for San Jose State students since it is 41% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at San Jose State University make the most money.

Location of San Jose State University

San Jose State University is a public institution situated in San Jose, California. The city atmosphere of San Jose makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for San Jose State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Phone: 408-924-1000

San Jose State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 88 majors graduated from San Jose State University. Of these students, 6,758 received undergraduate degrees and 2,760 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,548 $47,700
General Psychology 428 $35,100
Fine & Studio Arts 280 $29,900
Computer Engineering 276 $78,500
Communication & Media Studies 273 $39,900
Teacher Education Grade Specific 248 NA
Health & Physical Education 232 $37,600
Public Health 221 NA
Mechanical Engineering 193 $62,600
Sociology 190 $38,000

Learn more about the majors offered at San Jose State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at San Jose State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 12,738 students took at least one online class at San Jose State University. This is an increase from the 10,747 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 12,738 2,935
2017-2018 10,747 2,633
2016-2017 10,125 2,505
2015-2016 6,947 593
2013-2014 1,656 69

Learn more about online learning at San Jose State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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